Heroin use continues to take lives in the region, so health-care professionals and lawmakers have been looking for more effective ways to treat the addiction. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is sponsoring a measure that would encourage the Illinois Department of Human Services to change the way it looks at treating the disease.
House Resolution 1135 would have the agency implement new addiction protocols that are evidence-based practices for medication-assisted treatment services. Kay says there is a need for something other than a 12 step program.
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He says this is the result of a constituent that contacted him after a family member died of a heroin overdose. When you combine prescription overdoses and other drugs, there were 77 drug-related deaths in Madison County in 2015.